Mornings Made Better

Experience a cup above DTLA.
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Experience a cup above DTLA.
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It's all too easy for work days to feel like a monotonous blur of to-do's and rushed meals had in front of the computer. After bringing on our new and amazing editorial director, Alina (who some of you may already know as The Hyperbalist), we wanted to find a way to elevate the daily grind with a special ritual that takes advantage of our new downtown L.A. surroundings. Each week we have a team brainstorm to discuss new content ideas, so instead of having it be just another task to tackle, we turned it into a tradition to look forward t0 - filled with delicious food, gorgeous flowers, inspiring views and a very necessary cup of high quality coffee.

We walk to Bottega Louie for their incomparable pastries, then head to the Original Los Angeles Flower Market for fresh blooms to liven up the space. Back at the office we make a round of coffee from our new Nespresso Evoluo machine (which makes both full cups of coffee and espresso, at the touch of a button) to fuel our creative discussion, before diving into the latest magazines as a jumping-off point. Coffee is an essential part of that process and whether it's a quick shot of authentic espresso, or a crema-topped large cup, everyone can customize their favorite coffee recipe. There's a certain luxury to making a latte in the office, but the simplicity of the Nespresso machine makes it effortless. Here's a glimpse into our process of making a normal morning better and experiencing a cup above DTLA.

Deciding which jam to pair with our pastries (we chose strawberry). 

Deciding which jam to pair with our pastries (we chose strawberry). 

Fresh baked Bottega Louie croissants to pair with our coffees.

Fresh baked Bottega Louie croissants to pair with our coffees.

Treats in tow. 

Treats in tow. 

At the flower market, where options are endless. 

At the flower market, where options are endless. 

A sea of hydrangeas. 

A sea of hydrangeas. 

On Emily: Theory Dress, Hermes Belt, Manolo Blahnik Pumps. On Alina: Cupcakes and Cashmere Tank, Theory Pants, Sandro Pumps

On Emily: Theory Dress, Hermes Belt, Manolo Blahnik Pumps. On Alina: Cupcakes and Cashmere Tank, Theory Pants, Sandro Pumps

Repurposed our multi-face vase to add a little style and reduce the clutter in the coffee station. Speaking of clutter, all of the Nespresso capsules are recyclable, so we're able to cut down on our waste. 

Repurposed our multi-face vase to add a little style and reduce the clutter in the coffee station. Speaking of clutter, all of the Nespresso capsules are recyclable, so we're able to cut down on our waste. 

Chocolate croissants, frothy lattes, and magazines fuel the brainstorm. 

Chocolate croissants, frothy lattes, and magazines fuel the brainstorm. 

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White chocolate and sprinkle covered pretzels.

White chocolate and sprinkle covered pretzels.

Cup with a view. 

Cup with a view. 

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